Daily Elvis: April 17

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April 17, 1924

Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and the Louis B. Mayer Company merged to form Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM).

Tupelo, Mississippi



306 Old Satillo Road, Elvis’ birthplace, is now 306 Elvis Presley Drive.

, 1938

Vernon Presley awaiting prison  ( May 25 1938 to February 6 1939)


Vernon Presley  in prison ( May 25 1938 to February 6 1939)

Reese Street, where the Presleys stayed with Vester and Clettes Presley and their daughter Patsy,

Kelly Street, a rented, small apartment.



August 8, 1945 to July 18, 1946
Berry Street -“Doll” Smith lived here with the Presleys and then Minnie Mae Presley moved in.

Commerce Street, a rental

510 1/2 Maple Street, South Tupelo -the Presleys lived with Glady’s cousin Frank Richards and his wife, Leona.


Mulbery Alley

Memphis, Tennessee

1948-1953 – Humes High School

Sept. 12, 1948-Sept. 20, 1949

572 Poplar Avenue

Sept 2o 1949 to January 7, 1950
185 Winchester Street, a two- bedroom apartment (number 328)


At CBS 30th Street Studio in New York City, recording began on Tony Bennett’s “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams.” The track was completed three days later. In October 1949, Bennett sang that song on a demo disc that earned him a contract with Columbia Records.

January 7, 1950 to April 1953
398 Cypress Street

April 17, to late May 1952

Elvis Presley was hired by the Lowe’s State Theater; he would work there for 5 weeks until getting into a fight with another usher over a girl working the candy stand.


April 17, 1952

Elvis Presley was hired by the Lowe’s State Theater; he would work there for 5 weeks until getting into a fight with another usher over a girl working the candy stand.

The Sun Records Rockabilly Era


The Presleys lived at 2414 Lamar Avenue, rented til the end of 1954 to mid-1955


Fats Domino‘s “Ain’t That a Shame” is released on Imperial Records. It will rise to the top of the Billboard R&B chart and #10 on the Pop chart, becoming the first of 37 Top 40 hits The Fat Man will have over the next eight years.

The Presleys  lived at  1414 Getwell Street rented from mid-1955 to May, 11 1956.

The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer

At Mercury Sound Studio in New York, the Platters recorded “My Prayer” and “I’m Sorry.”
Elvis and Gene Smith flew to Waco, Texas, while the band went by car. Elvis performed at the Heart O’ Texas Coliseum, Waco. Elvis drove out on the field and up to the stage in his Cadillac. Later he told a local reporter the his fame ” happened so fast, I’m scared. You know, I could go out like a light, just like I came on.”
Elvis performed: Heartbreak Hotel, I Got A Woman, Baby Lets Play House, Blue Suede Shoes, Money Honey and Only You.
Other Acts were Hank Locklin, Wanda Jackson and Rudy Grayzell

Elvis Gives Out With Crazy COOL Interview

Waco News-Tribune Staff

Shortly before he was to go on stage at the Heart O’ Texas Coliseum, Elvis Presley, the new 21-year-old king of the nation’s rock n’ roll set, sat in a darkened Cadillac limousine for an interview—well hidden from the sight of nearly 4,000 screaming squealing teen-agers who were on hand to welcome him Tuesday night.
All the hep cats were there and not enough fuzz (cops).
Out in the stands and on the floor, his audience of idolizing teen-agers did all but hiss and boo to rid the stage of a group of other hillbilly entertainers and bring Presley out behind the microphone that he handles more like a limp blonde than a mechanical gadget.
Still Elvis made them wait. . . and he stared out at them, half scared and half unbelieving.
Then with some sort of spasmodic movement, he turned to talk about himself.
“What do you want to know about me, honey?”
“Elvis, have you any idea at all about just what it was that started the girls going crazy over you?”
“No, I don’t. I guess it’s just some thing God gave me. I believe that, you know. Know what I mean, honey? And I am grateful. Only I’m afraid. I’m afraid I’ll go out like a light, just like I came on. Know what l mean, honey?”
Presley has a way with that “honey” business. When he talks, he looks straight ahead, or sort of dreamy like in no direction at all. Then he turns with that “know what I mean, honey?” His face is close, real close. Right in your face — almost.
“When do you start making your first movie, Elvis?” {Everybody calls him Elvis.)
“Oh, early in June, I think, because . . .” At this point he stopped talking and stared ahead into the crowd. He squinted his eyes, jerked up a pencil (which had no lead} and began scribbling on the dash of the car. Then he turned and said: “Huh, did you say something.”
“Elvis, when you start acting, will you keep the sideburns?” (The side burns come down below his ears).
“Oh, I don’t know, it depends on what type part they put me in. You know, I’m supposed to do ‘Billy the Kid’ pretty soon.”
“But Elvis, ‘Billy the Kid’ has been done to the ground.”
“Yeah, I know, but this time it will be different.” The way he says “different” it really will be.
“Elvis, will you sing in your first movie?”
“No, honey, sure won’t. Going to be in it with Katharine Hepburn and Burt Lancaster, and I won’t sing. I don’t want to, I want to be an actor.”
Then he turns and stares into the crowd again, listens to one of the other entertainers singing and grins slowly.
“But Elvis, have you thought how unhappy all these girls are going to be if you stop singing?”
“Huh, what was that? Oh, I’ll never stop singing, honey, never.”
He was beginning to make me wonder if I knew what I was talking about, so I changed the subject:
“Elvis, I hear you walk in your sleep.”
“Well, I have nightmares.”
“What kind?”
“I dream I’m about to fight somebody or about to be in a car wreck or that I’m breaking things. Know what
I mean, honey?” (I don’t have any idea what he means).
“Where are you from?”
“From Memphis, Tenn.”
“Oh, yes, that’s where all the hillbilly singers come from, isn’t it?”
“Maybe so, but I’m no hillbilly singer.”
“Well, have you typed yourself. . . I mean your type of singing?”
“No, I don’t dare.”
“Cause I’m scared, know what I mean, honey? Real scared.”
“What of?”
“I don’t know. . . I don’t know. Know what I mean, honey?”
At this point I thanked him for his time and started to make a beeline for the door. He grabbed my hand, sat there looking sleepy-eyed into my face and fanned his long lashes while he said:
“Write me up good, will you, honey?”
And he drove out to meet the hysterical adoration of young girls and boys whose emotions he has found are easy to stir up with a song.

The Waco News-Tribune, April 19, 1956 courtesy West Waco Library & Genealogy Ctr.

Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info April 17 1956 Heart O Texas Coliseum Waco TX (8:00 PM) 4000 Texas Tour Yes

The Presleys lived at  at  1414 Getwell Street  until May 11 1956 – Audobon Drive  March 1957


Patti Page released the single “Old Cape Cod.”

At Master Recorders in Hollywood, Ricky Nelson recorded “Poor Little Fool.” The Jordanaires overdubbed background vocals for the track on April 28.

The Presleys lived at Audobon Drive, Graceland purchased on March 19.

The Military Service Disruption


Military service at Fort Hood, TX, for basic training as part of the Second Armored Division. He was stationed there for six months.

The Presleys lived at  Graceland


Feb 3 1959 – March 1960: Goethestr.14 in Bad Nauheim, Germany

The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment

Rock and Roll pioneer Eddie Cochran was just 21 years old when he was killed after the taxi in which he was riding blew a tire, then hit a lamp post. Cochran enjoyed hits with “Summertime Blues”, “C’mon Everybody” and “Sittin’ in the Balcony”.
Gene Vincent, who recorded “Be Bop A Lula” in 1956, would have a limp for the rest of his life from his injury. Cochran’s fiancee, Sharon Sheeley, survived the crash . Their touring mate, Freddy Cannon, was supposed to be with them, but was running late and took another cab.
The cab driver was convicted of dangerous driving, fined, disqualified from driving for 15 years, and sent to prison for six months.
Elvis and Anita attended Easter service at the First Assembly of God Church but were forced to leave when their presence caused a disruption.
This was the last day of location shooting in Hawaii for Blue Hawaii – Hal Wallis and Elvis
Elvis and Producer Hal. B Wallis in april 17 1961 on the movie set Blue Hawaii .
Col Parker, Wallis and Elvis
Colonel Parker chatting with Elvis and Producer Hal. B Wallis in april 17 1961 on the movie set Blue Hawaii .


At RCA Studio B in Nashville, Roy Orbison recorded “The Crowd.”

Girls! Girls! Girls! 

Elvis hosted a party at Graceland and ordered 80 Tasty Dogs and 115 Cokes.


Washington’s FBI lab reported it could not determine the lyrics to “Louie Louie.”



RCA and LearJet Corporation announce the development of the combination 8 track tape player and car radio that will become available in next Fall’s new cars.

Harum Scarum 


On CBS-TV’s “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Jimmy Durante and Myron Cohen also appeared on the program while The Animals performed “Don’t Bring Me Down” and Petula Clark sang “Sign Of The Times”


The U.S. Supreme Court denied Muhammad Ali’s request to be exempt from Army induction as a conscientious objector. Appearing in Houston 11 days later for his scheduled induction into the U.S. Armed Forces, he refused three times to step forward when his name was called. As a result, he was arrested and on the same day the New York State Athletic Commission suspended his boxing license and stripped him of his title as Heavyweight Boxing Champion. He was not able to obtain a license to box in any state for more than three years.  On June 20, 1967, Ali was found guilty by a jury that deliberated just 21 minutes. After an Appeals Court upheld the conviction, the case went to the U.S. Supreme Court where, on June 28, 1971, his conviction for refusing induction was overturned by unanimous decision.

Celeb Pals: Muhammed Ali



Live a Little, Love a Little 


Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy and sentenced six days later to death in the gas chamber. In 1972, his sentence was commuted to life in prison, due to the California Supreme Court decision that ruled capital punishment a violation of the state Constitution’s prohibition of cruel or unusual punishment.

Change of Habit 

The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade


Apollo 13 returned to Earth safely after an on-board accident with an oxygen tank. The feature film “Apollo 13,” based on “Lost Moon,” Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger’s book about the event, was released in 1995. It was directed by Ron Howard and starred Tom Hanks. Lovell and other principals have said that the movie depicted the events of the mission with reasonable accuracy, although some dramatic license was taken.

Paul McCartney releases his first solo album, officially ending his days with The Beatles, just as the group’s single “Let It Be” reached #1 in America

Johnny Cash performed at the White House at the invitation of U.S. President Richard Nixon. Nixon asked him to sing “Okie From Muskogee,” apparently confusing him with Merle Haggard. Cash sang his own recent hit “A Boy Named Sue” instead. June Carter and the Statler Brothers also performed.


Three Dog Night‘s “Joy to the World” hit the top of the US singles chart for a six week stay. It made #24 in the UK. The record became the best selling song of the year in the US, beating out Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May”. Hoyt Axton, son of “Heartbreak Hotel” author, Mae Axton, wrote the so

All four former Beatles have solo singles on the UK chart: Paul McCartney: “Another Day”, Ringo Starr: “It Don’t Come Easy”, John Lennon, “Power To The People” and George Harrison: “My Sweet Lord”.

Little Richard and the Platters guested on ABC-TV’s “American Bandstand.”


Elton John released the single “Rocket Man.”

Elvis performed at the T.H. Barton Coliseum, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Elvis on Tour 

Date: 17 Apr 1972
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Little Rock, AR.
T.H. Barton Coliseum
Tickets: 10,000
Costume: Red Burning Love suit
Track list: Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
Proud Mary
Never Been To Spain
You Gave Me A Mountain
Until It’s Time For You To Go
Polk Salad Annie
Love Me
All Shook Up
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
Heartbreak Hotel
Hound Dog
How Great Thou Art
I Can’t Stop Loving You
Love Me Tender
Suspicious Minds
[band introductions]
For The Good Times
An American Trilogy
Funny How Times Slip Away
Can’t Help Falling In Love

Indie label releases of this concert include “He Broke my Guitar”, “The Grand Return to Little Rock” And “An Unforgettable Night in Little Rock”


April 17, 1972 (8:30 pm). Little Rock, AR – Elvis Presley In Concert\

On Tour 72 #4 – www.elvisandhismusic.com

Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 5 – April 5th – April 19th 1972
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Suit: Belt: Musicians: Pics: CD: CDR:
Info April 17 1972 T.H. Barton Coliseum Little Rock AR (8:30 pm) 10000 Red Pinwheel Gold Attendance belt Yes Yes Yes
Pink Floyd receives a Gold Record for “The Dark Side of the Moon”, one of Rock’s landmark albums. The LP remained on the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history and has sold an estimated 45 million copies.
Elvis spent 3 days rehearsing at RCA’s Studio C.


Elvis Presley bought a Convair 880 jet formerly owned by Delta Airlines for $250,000. He spent $600,000 refurbishing it to include personal quarters, a meeting area and a dance floor. Presley christened the aircraft Lisa Marie, after his daughter.
Adjusted for inflation, at a rate of 363.9%; in 2018 dollars, that is $1,159,637.55  to purchase and to refurbish and decorate: $2,783,130.11.



The Wake and Aftermath


“Caveman,” starring Ringo Starr, Dennis Quaid, Shelley Long, Jack Gilford, and Barbara Bach (who married Ringo ten days later), opened in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters.


Johnny Cash hosted NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live.”

1983 Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland Tourism

1984 Actor ExWife: Priscilla Presley


“The Very Best of the Everly Brothers” album was certified Gold.


At the OK Hotel in Seattle, Nirvana gave their first public performance of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”


Singer/musician photographer Linda McCartney died of breast cancer at the age of 56. She had been married to Paul McCartney since 1969. They had three children. Paul was at her bedside speaking to her when she died.

(w/ husband Paul on the albums Ram, Wild Life, Red Rose Speedway, Band On The Run, Venus And Mars, Wings At The Speed Of Sound, Back To The Egg, London Town)/songwriter (co-wrote Live And Let Die)


Tammy Wynette’s four daughters reached a confidential agreement with Wynette’s doctor regarding her death. Wynette’s daughters had earlier filed a lawsuit that claimed the Pittsburgh doctor had contributed to Wynette’s death in 1998.

2003 Recording Artist: Daughter Lisa Marie Presley


Cardiologist/nutritionist Robert Atkins, creator of the low carbohydrate Atkins diet, died after suffering severe head trauma in a fall on slippery pavement at age 72.


At the Icons of 20th Century Music auction held in Dallas, Kurt Cobain’s Mark IV-style Mosrite Gospel guitar sold for $100,000, Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s song writing piano went for $140,000, and a 1966 Rickenbacker guitar owned by Roger McGuinn sold for $99,000.

2011 Actor: Granddaughter Riley Keough


Cleveland’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inducts Heart, Rush, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy and Donna Summer along with Lou Adler and Quincy Jones.


The annual independent music retailer celebration called Record Store Day spurred sales of 521,000 vinyl albums according to Nielsen Music. Vinyl album sales in 2016 stood at 4.09 million, which accounted for 6.6 percent of all album sales. .


The Million Dollar Quartet Show Tours

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Inside Elvis Presley’s Legendary 1968 Comeback Special – Rolling .

Elvis Presley: The Searcher’ introduces a new generation to the King

Review: HBO’s Elvis documentary avoided tough topics and told a …

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Reference Sites:

April 17 Events– Today in Elvis Presley History – Elvis Presley






http://www.elvisrecordings.com/  Master and Sessions

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database

Elvis Presley | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company



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